Each year, the AES Middle School celebrates Earth Day in some manner. This year we will be hosting a March for Science on campus on Friday, April 21st. We’d love to invite you to celebrate with us!
Interested in joining us? Read on for more information.
Logo design by: Marin Hirono & Ritvik Kumar
March for Science at AES What: March for Science When: Friday, April 21st, 10:00-10:20 am Where: Starting at the MS Field and ending at the Tiger Turf (see map attachment) Why: To advocate and raise awareness about Environmental Literacy Who: Anyone in our AES community. What to Wear: All guests are encouraged to wear green, as we will take a photo at the Tiger Turf upon completion of the March. Hashtags: Official March for Science — #sciencemarch and AES March for Science — #aessciencemarch Questions? Contact Alexa Schmid at firstname.lastname@example.org
Map of the March for Science. Start at the MS Field & End at the Tiger Turf.
Official Earth Day Theme
This year, the Earth Day Network has partnered with the March for Science (#sciencemarch). The theme for this year’s official event on April 22nd is Environmental and Climate Literacy. At AES, that will mean building on our strong science curricular foundation, encouraging our students to think about the environmental issues that are important to them, and helping our students find a way to actively be ‘responsible, compassionate global citizens’.
Next week, students will be working across disciplines and in advisory classes – choosing an environmental topic that’s important to them and creating art, poetry, video etc. to share their enthusiasm with others.
Please enjoy this short video that our student Green Team created.
Mother Nature’s Minions had their final day in the Organic Garden for semester 1. They had a chance to say goodbye and thank Bajinder, one of our school’s incredible Malis. They learned a lot from him and have appreciated all of his guidance. Thanks Bajinder!!
In the middle school we celebrated with the theme of Celebrate Earth: Everything is Connected by having an Earth Day ET (Enrichment Time).
Our guiding questions were:
How is one population connected to the health of an entire ecosystem?
How can one population influence the physical geography of an area?
We divided the ET into 2 parts: a campus tour led by 7th graders and an activity in the HOP. Students were organized by advisory, and each advisory was paired with other advisories from the different grade levels.
Campus Tour: Our seventh grade students were the leaders of the campus tour. In science class, seventh grade students had conducted a field study. They then reflected on what question(s) they had, what they did, what they saw, what ideas they have now, as well as the things they saw that they had never noticed before. From this discussion 7th grade students developed activities and a tour of various areas around campus with the 6th & 8th grade advisories that they were partnered with.
Activity in HOP:
We then learned about the wolf population in Yellowstone National Park in the United States. In 1926, the wolf population was virtually wiped out. In 1973, wolves were listed as “Endangered”. From 1995-1997, 41 wild wolves released in Yellowstone, and by 2015 there are now 100+ wolves in Yellowstone. Students then watched the incredible video below to understand how wolves can have an impact on the entire eco-system, including the rivers!
Students rounded out the indoor activity by playing a fun game of Kahoot game show in small advisory groups, and ended with howling like wolves.
Students will continue to discuss these topics in their science classes over the coming week, as our goal is to celebrate Earth Day every day! Enjoy the photos below.
Our theme for Earth Day 2015 was: People Need Nature. Students on our Green Team Committee came up with the theme after watching the following video, put out by http://natureisspeaking.org
We kicked off our celebration by listening to our very own Hema Maira, Elementary Indian Studies teacher and Tiger Advocate. Ms. Maira has taught at AES for more than 30 years and is currently the ES Indian Studies teacher. Her first trip to Ranthambore was in 1984. She had not even heard of the place or dreamt about seeing tigers in the wild. Her environmental activities and work started actively and seriously in March, 2010. A dream come true for her is organizing the fifth grade trip to Ranthambore thereby providing such a rich wildlife experience for our students. While her heart seems to beat for tigers, she is passionate about nature and the environment as a whole. She is a birdwatcher, too and LOVES traveling to game reserves more than anything else.
Students worked in Advisory Groups and spent the afternoon involved in two ecology-centered activities.
The first activity involved choosing a topic, investigating the topic to gather some information that would help students to come up with short creative eco-skits that were performed to kindergarten and 2nd grade students. The topics explored were: Water Conservation, Litter and Solid Waste, Recycling, Conserving Energy, E-Trash, Paper Usage Air Pollution.
The skits included the following components:
What is the problem?
Why is it a problem?
Who is responsible for creating this problem?
Do you have a role in this problem?
What are some possible solutions?
How can you be a part of the solution?
In addition to creating eco-skits, students also sorted, decorated, and wrote eco-messages to elementary students. These messages accompanied a Kochia sapling gift.
After presenting the skits, sixth grade students gifted each elementary student a Kochia sapling.
Seventh grade students went on an environmental tour and planted trees. In the environment walk, there were three different strands: food, water and air.
For FOOD, students visited the Compost Station behind the Tennis courts where Ms. Sarabjeet Kaur, the Assistant Facilities Manager spoke. This station has a new digester which is a machine that expedites the composting process. Waste food from the cafeteria is ‘fed’ daily to the machine. It creates compost that is used across the grounds of the school. Also, more traditional composting methods are used for the leaves, grass from the school grounds.
For WATER, students visited the Water Filtration/Sewage Treatment Plant where Mr. Vishal Verma, a supervisor at FMO spoke. First students looked at the school’s water filtration system, which is located under the pool. The water filtration system is an RO filtration system much like what many people have in their homes. The water, provided by the NDMC, is taken through multiple filtration processes to make it clean and drinkable. Secondly, students looked at the Sewage Treatment Plant, which is located in the area between gate 5 and the gym. The STP is a place where the excess water from toilets and sinks is treated. This water, after it has been cleaned, in not drinkable, but can be used to water the plants on campus.
For AIR, students focused on air quality and looked at what AES is doing with Mr. Ashwani, the AES head of security, and Mr. Jeff Smith, a parent and air quality advocate. This station was located in the ESMPR, which is in the Peepal Building. The Peepal building has been a pilot project for AES, and has undergone many changes to improve the air quality in the building. Students learned about some of the changes that have been made that have contributed to the improved air quality in the building, and the new machine that AES has purchased.
Eighth grade students had the opportunity to work with 2 different documentary filmmakers to learn about how to craft an advocacy message by
Telling a story visually
Conveying a strong message in a short period of time
Reaching an Audience
Students then broke up into small groups of 2-3 students each, and they filmed and created an advocacy video or slideshow using the strategies learned about in the larger group presentation. They created final productions that were 20 – 30 second PSAs (public service announcements) that focused on a variety of themes. PAPER:
A very nice trip today celebrate Earth Day with the children from Tigri–who loved having a chance to visit the park. In one photo, the densely populated neighborhood can be seen on the boundary of the wildlife sanctuary.
The Climate reality leadership training was run by Al Gore- Nobel laureate and ex US vice president of United States. This leadership program is organized three times a year in different parts of the world. At this training, there were about 450 participants from approximately 40 different countries. The participants included educators, students, journalists, NGO’s working with renewable energy solutions, curriculum creators and so on. The main goal of the training program was to raise awareness about the urgency of climate change and the options for renewable energy. This is a crucial time especially in the run-up to COP21 in Paris in Dec 2015.
AES was fortunate to have 2 participants in this training: Mrs. Gulati and Sam Scheutz. Congratulations!
We have had some amazing end of year projects and celebrations in the middle school. Have a look below to see all the incredible learning and celebrating your students did in the last week of school.
Students did a lot of reflecting, individually and collaboratively, and came up with fantastic Graffiti Art outlining the Story of Learning from the year.
Sixth grade students also had a Clash of the Civilizations celebration. Each advisory represented a civilization that they had studied this year and they developed a chant, made flags, and created games that they all participated in to top it all off.
The seventh grade ends the year with the CIA (Culminating Integrated Activity) Housing Summit. You can find a wealth of information about this amazing project and learning experience here. Enjoy the slide show celebrating all of their work.
There was a lot of learning and celebrating over the last week for our eighth grade students! Students worked on “POP Part 2” from Friday of last week. This resulted in some wonderful PSA videos. Check out the top videos shared below.
Students culminated their middle school experience on Wednesday night with the Moving Up ceremony. See the slideshow and videos below that celebrate these amazing students.
Moving Up Ceremony
Moving Up Video
Best Screenplay, The Story of Manju – Tanvi, Abhyuday, Tsiala
Best Technically Crafted, The Problem – Da Yeon, Karam, Tara
On Friday and Saturday, April 25th and 26th, AES hosted five other schools (Modern School VV, Modern School Bharakamba, Pathways, Carmel Convent School, Vasant Valley), as well as about 20 of our own students, in an Environmental Leadership Summit. Dr. Marcus Eriksen inspired our students, and we again had Minar from the Vivekanand Camp help teach us about what is worth picking up, and what items are not worth picking up. Students then took a walk over to the camp to see the sorting of recycables in person. It was a great opportunity for students to learn first hand about the hard work of recycling our waste and understanding the importance of Smart Design when it comes to products.
On Saturday, students also heard from Chintan and Swecha, to further develop a deep understanding of the problem with waste, as well as make the connection with human welfare. Check out the great videos that Chintan shared at the bottom of this post. Very eye opening about the problem!
By the end of the day on Saturday, students had identified a product that wasn’t getting picked up, brainstormed alternatives, thought about their audience, created a PSA video, and thought about how they could craft a campaign to raise awareness and bring about change. Check out the next post to see the PSA videos.
Special thanks to Ms. Gulati for her planning, our visitors Marcus and Chris for their expertise, Ms. Lowen, Ms. Datta, and Dr. Frazier for their hard work and efforts to make the Summit a great success. And finally, thanks to the students for their enthusiasm, great ideas, and dedication to help protect our earth. Enjoy the photos below!